Castel Dell’Ovo

History

The Castel dell’Ovo (castrum Ovi, in Latin), is the oldest castle in the city of Naples, and is one of the elements that stand out most in the famous panorama of the gulf. It is located between the districts of San Ferdinando and Chiaia, opposite Via Partenope.

Its name comes from an ancient legend according to which the Latin poet Virgil – who in the Middle Ages was also considered a magician – hid in the dungeons of the building an egg that kept the entire fortress standing. Its rupture would have caused not only the collapse of the castle, but also a series of disastrous catastrophes to the city of Naples. The castle stands on the tuff islet of Megaride (Greek: Megaris), natural offshoot of Mount Echia, which was joined to the mainland by a thin rock isthmus. This is the place where Parthenope was founded in the 8th century BC, by Cuman hand.

Today it is annexed to the historic district of Santa Lucia and can be visited. In the large rooms there are exhibitions, conferences and events. At its base is the marina of the “Borgo Marinari”, animated by restaurants and bars, historic home to some of the most prestigious Neapolitan nautical clubs.

Schedule

from Monday to Saturday

From 9:00 to 20:00

On Sundays and holidays

From 9:00 to 18:00

Info

Price

Full price

€ No

Free

Yes

all

How to get there

Address

Via Eldorado, 3, 80132 Napoli NA

Public transport

From Piazza Garibaldi take metro Line 1 and get off at Università, take bus 151 and get off at Santa Lucia, then 5 minutes walk.

From Piazza Garibaldi take Line 1 and get off at Municipio, then 20 minutes walk.

From Naples Airport take Alibus and get off at Piazza Garibaldi, then take Metro Line 1 and get off at Università, take Bus 151 and get off at Santa Lucia, then 5 minutes walk.

From Naples Airport take Alibus and get off at Piazza Garibaldi, then take Line 1 and get off at Municipio, then 20 minutes walk.

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